Sustainability design in requirements engineering: State of practice

Ruzanna Chitchyan, Christoph Becker, Stefanie Betz, Leticia Duboc, Birgit Penzenstadler, Norbert Seyff, Colin C. Venters

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Sustainability is now a major concern in society, but there is little understanding of how it is perceived by software engineering professionals and how sustainability design can become an embedded part of software engineering process. This paper presents the results of a qualitative study exploring requirements engineering practitioners' perceptions and attitudes towards sustainability. It identifies obstacles and mitigation strategies regarding the application of sustainability design principles in daily work life. The results of this study reveal several factors that can prevent sustainability design from becoming a first class citizen in software engineering: software practitioners tend to have a narrow understanding of the concept of sustainability; organizations show limited awareness of its potential opportunities and benefits; and the norms in the discipline are not conducive to sustainable outcomes. These findings suggest the need for focused efforts in sustainability education, but also a need to rethink professional norms and practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICSE '16 Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450341615, 9781450342056
ISBN (Print)9781450342056
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2016
EventIEEE/ACM 38th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering - Renaissance Austin Hotel, Austin, United States
Duration: 14 May 201622 May 2016
Conference number: 38 (Link to Conference Website)


ConferenceIEEE/ACM 38th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering
Abbreviated titleICSE 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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